I know it seems a little quiet here.
But if you could hear us in real life, it’s that same circus music on repeat.
It’s been a busy month!….and I’ve got lots to show you….but I can’t show you all of it yet.
How’s that for intriguingly annoying?
I’ll give you a few snippets of the set-up…
You know, sometimes it’s hard to know which projects to say yes to and which to pass on. But photographing a book seemed like a no-brainer, right?? Stylizing and photographing 40 projects, in whichever settings I choose?
Oh, and it has to be done in four weeks?
And when this box showed up on my doorstep, it was just like Christmas morning! I carefully unwrapped each project and ooo-d and ahhhh-d, scheming about photo styling for each one.
The box was sent to me by the publisher, and is a collection of projects created by other crafters, bloggers, moms, people like you guys! I have a few projects in there too. And the book is about—-well, I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to disclose—but let’s just say it’s a fun craft book with some sewing, no-sewing, decorating projects, and even some holiday ideas.
Oh, and there might be some donuts.
And a pretend garden party in my backyard….(just waiting for the sun to set, and for the project to be thrown in)
You know you have a good husband when at the end of the work day, on a sweaty, buggy evening when he walks in the front door and you say, “hey, can you help me carry the table out into the back field so I can set up a faux wedding dinner?”…..well, he gives you that funny look and then asks where exactly it needs to go.
And as you’re walking down the deck stairs, MacGyvering the table around a curve (moments away from your arm muscles failing and mosquitoes eating your ankles) he asks “is this totally necessary?”
“Well, none of this is necessary….but it would be really cool.”
“Then it’s worth it.”
Thank you Casey.
Honestly, I never knew that photographing a book would be so fun.
Photography is really my favorite part of what I do with blogging and sharing. And it’s exciting to take other people’s projects and make them come to life through stylizing and light.
Of course it’s tons of work too….with tons of different angles and set ups, trying all sorts of different things until you get just the right look. And I’m sorry I’m not showing you the real photos here because they look so much better than these set-up pics and the process that happens to get the photos just right.
It really is an evolution of sorts.
And sometimes you take an hours-worth of photos and realize you’ve been in the wrong file setting on your camera. Grrr. And so you start over…..kind of like picking the seam out of that dress you worked on till 2am?
And sometimes you have to wait days for the sun to come out so that at 2pm when Clara is home from preschool you can throw a garland in the frame, throw a Clara on the chair, and hope that she feels like blowing kisses to a 4 foot tall flamingo.
And then there are times when you don’t need a model, but your favorite Sleeping Beauty 3-year old jumps into frame, and refuses to leave.
Did you miss me?
And while we’re at it, lets wrangle Lucy into the shot too.
She’s been wrangled into so many photos and setups over the years. And thankfully (most of the time) she still enjoys doing it, and gives it her own little kick.
So, that’s what I (and we) have been up to.
I promise I’ll be back soon!
In fact, I might have a new video ready for you very soon.
In the meantime…good morning, good afternoon, and happy Spring!